Emerson College Reviews
Emerson College is a gem, a place where I found my refuge as a nerdy and ambitious young adult after the tumultuous high school years. The year that applied to Emerson (2003), the college ranked #1 on Princeton Review's "Dodge Ball Targets" list--a point of pride for me because I had always been one and never especially sporty. If you are a person who has great ambition to work in one of the careers in which Emerson specializes--film, TV production, tech theater and stage management, political communication, and broadcast journalism, among others--this is the place. The old adage applies here just the same--"You get out of it what you put into it!"--but there are so many opportunities to try out and master emerging technologies and to collaborate with other students (who may become your future colleagues) on films, plays, or campaigns. While the classes oftentimes are not as rigorous as I might have liked, you still learn quite a lot, especially since you're able to focus on your specific major from your first quarter of classes. There are liberal arts requirements sprinkled in for good measure, but you can do a deep dive into your passion from the start. Some students would joke that they learned more outside of the classroom than in, but in the film production realm, that was primarily in helping others on their student films--required for certain classes. Ultimately, the Emerson network (dubbed the "Emerson Mafia" by many) is what cinches the school for a lot of people. You build a huge network while attending Emerson, and then once you've graduated, you are protected or interviewed by prior Emerson alum who are often embedded in the career field that you desire. Word of mouth and reputation are the keys to continuing work in the film and TV production industries, so if you get a leg up into that world through another Emerson alum, you pay it forward and help out those who come next where possible. It's a supportive atmosphere while in school and once out.
Emerson College employs talented, professionals in the publishing industry as adjunct professors, so you are learning from people who work in the field on a daily basis. These professors provide insight that is otherwise unaccessible and give you a realistic view of what it's like to work in publishing. That being said, my graduate courses were what I made of them. If you want, you can squeak by doing minimal work, but you can also take the opportunity to make some really interesting things and form contacts that will prove invaluable upon graduation as you set out job hunting.
Emerson was an exciting program with insightful and inspiring professors working in the industry. This helped provide valuable real-world experience and career connections. Boston is a vibrant city and Emerson fits well within the culture.
Emerson College is very unique. It is filled with passionate individuals who know where they want to go and what they want to achieve. Between the location, gorgeous facilities and exceptional faculty, it was an easy decision to make.
Emerson is great if you like hands-on experience (which I did). It's strengths are theatre, film/tv, and writing. As someone who started in theatre but decided against it as a career right before senior year, it was not as helpful for me as I had hoped, as there was nothing I wanted to switch to. Luckily, the ProArts Consortium means students can take classes as a few other schools in the area, which I did. That was very helpful.
Emerson's MA program provided excellent instruction by professors working in the industry, which made gaining hands-on experience and establishing real-life career connections possible.
This school is very niche. If you aren't sure if film, theater or writing is your passion and you want to have the ability to change majors, I'd recommend choosing a different college. The writing program was good, but really if you love theater or film this is the place for you.
Emerson is an eclectic group of people, which helps a lot in the classroom. You'll have a ton of projects to do, and they put you right to work your first year instead of loading you with gen eds (though there are some, but they are generally very enjoyable). Everyone is very passionate about what they do, and that's great energy for creatives. The attendance policy is pretty strict, but hey, with only up to 20 people in a class at the absolute maximum, there has to be some sort of guidelines! People either really hate or really love Emerson, and I grew to love it.